If you’re like me, it’s after midnight and you’re asking yourself, I stayed up for this @#$%&*? The Mets wasted another Jacob deGrom gem and lost to the Cubs in 14 innings. Once again deGrom was phenomenal but got zero support from his teammates, who simply refuse to hit when he pitches.
deGrom struck out 13 and allowed just one run in seven innings. As if that wasn’t enough support for the struggling Mets lineup, five Mets relievers then combined to hold the Cub scoreless for another six innings. Michael Conforto’s solo home run in 6th inning was the only offense the team could muster against Mike Montgomery and four relievers. Emptying the bench of pinch hitters meant constantly replacing bullpen arms until Mickey Callaway was left with his last two options for the 14th inning – Buddy Bauman and Gerson Bautista who combined to allow six runs on five hits and two walks in a putrid last inning of work.
Among the lowlights of this game were Brandon Nimmo and Asdrubal Cabrera going a combined 0 for 12 with six strikeouts atop the lineup and Kevin Plawecki making two throwing errors while splitting time between first base and catcher.
The slumping Mets are now two games under .500. The Cubs series concludes tomorrow afternoon with a matchup of lefties – Steven Matz vs. Jon Lester.